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Forest Bathing in a Rain Forest

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Lyon Arboretum

3860 Manoa Road

Honolulu, HI 96822

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A restorative immersion in a lush, tropical setting, where you'll be guided to connect through your senses to the natural world & yourself.

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The New York Times has recommended Forest Bathing in a Rain Forest in their itinerary for top things to do Honolulu. Forbes also named Forest Bathing Hawaiʻi's walks in the top 5 INTERNATIONAL "incredible once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences that should be on every intrepid traveler's bucket list."

On your 2-hour forest bathing walk, you'll be guided on a gentle, mindful stroll on the verdant grounds of the Lyon Arboretum. You'll leave behind the stresses of the world and get in touch with the healing powers of the forest. As we move through about a mile of easy trail, your certified forest therapy guide will offer a series of sensory-opening “invitations” to help you find your own personal connection with the natural world. A highly interactive and respectful experience, you'll have opportunities to sit quietly in contemplation, as well as share with others in the small group, all at a safe physical distance outdoors.

"Forest Bathing" (translated from "shinrin-yoku," an established public health practice in Japan) is a growing global wellness movement backed by more than 30 years of scientific research on the physical and psychological benefits of immersing yourself in nature. See more, including recent national media coverage on forest bathing at www.forestbathinghi.com.

Please bring face covering, hand sanitizer, water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, a casual backpack to hold your stuff (including a rain jacket), and walking sticks if you need them. For your safety and comfort, we recommend wearing close-toed shoes w/ good traction; light-weight long-sleeved shirt & long pants.

NOTE: Restrooms at Lyon Arboretum are not currently open to the public.

At the end of the walk, enjoy a "goodie bag" to make your own tea ceremony at home. It will include a bottle of Shaka Tea. Included in the fee is admission to Lyon Arboretum. Gratuities not included.

FAQs - please read COVID-19 guidelines

If you're in quarantine, are not on Oʻahu, or prefer another kind of experience, consider Forest Bathing in Place and Online, a live, 75-minute nature therapy walk conducted over Zoom. Your Honolulu-based guide will share her outdoor experience and you can join from your home or a green space near you. BOOK NOW

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Minimum age: 16 years old. 

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Free parking at Lyon Arboretum. Follow Manoa Road, pass Treetops Restaurant and the parking for Manoa Falls. Continue up the road until it ends and you will see a sign for the Manoa Falls trailhead. To your left will be the gate for the Arboretum. Check in at the gate -- I'll meet you there -- then continue up the winding drive to the free parking lot.

Carpooling is encouraged; spaces can sometimes be at a premium. Or go green and take TheBus - #5 Manoa route. Get off at the end of the line at Kumuone St. (tell the driver you're going to the Arboretum or Manoa Falls) and walk for about .5 miles into the valley to the Arboretum. Stay on the sidewalk until the sidewalk ends, then walk on far RIGHT side of road. Once you turn into the Arboretum, check in at the gate, then follow trail signs to Visitor Center.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Feel free to email forestbathinghi@gmail.com.


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Lyon Arboretum

3860 Manoa Road

Honolulu, HI 96822

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